Housewives Society fund raiser show

The annual fund raiser show of the Dehiwala Housewives Welfare Society will be held on Saturday, October 27, at the Empire Ballroom, Mt. Lavinia Hotel, from 9 a.m. onwards. The Society is a non-religious welfare organisation, and a very colourful programme has been lined up for entertainment.

A part of the proceeds of this show will be utilised to serve the needs of orphanages, homes for the aged and the under privileged of the area.
For further information contact Ranjini Fernando on 2716304 or Dr. Mrs. Selvam Fernando on 2738948.


In preparation for this Christmas

General Manager, Grand Oriental Hotel, Prajantha Ratwatte along with Senior Managers assisting chefs in mixing the ingredients of the Christmas cake. The management of Grand Oriental Hotel are in the process of organising events for the festive season.


Celebrating 30 years of service to the motherland

The Sinhala Association of Sri Lankans in UK celebrated its 30 Years of Service to the Motherland on October 6, at a grand function held at John Kelly College in North West London. Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and the Head of the Sri Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thero and Ven. Kondagnna Thero also attended the ceremony. A documentary film presenting a glimpse of the extraordinary account of the 30-year work of the Association was shown.


Heart patient seeks assistance

U. D. K. Udawatta of No. 257/1, Gonamaditha Road, Kesbewa, Piliyandala is suffering from a heart ailment and specialist Heart Surgeon of Nawaloka Hospital Dr. Y. K. M. Lahie has advised him to undergo an immediate transplant of a new valve.
The surgery costs about Rs. 450,000 and difficulties have arisen in finding this huge amount. Contributions can be credited to A/C No. 103-2001-6054-7521 Peoples Bank, Piliyandala. Telephone No: 011 5662656, 0776-727027.


   In concert  

Pianist par excellance Shani Diluka

Invited by the Alliance Française de Colombo, along with the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka the internationally acclaimed young Sri Lankan pianist Shani Diluka will perform on Monday, October 29, at the Leeds International School, Galle, at 6.30 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Kandy, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, Colombo 3, at 7 p.m.


Australian Derrick Junkeer with Misty

On October 27, BMICH will be overwhelmed by the presence of one of the greatest golden voices of the entertainment industry, Derrick Junkeer.
Junkeer, a well respected international singing artiste, has been entertaining music lovers, both young and old for over 30 years.
He will be accompanied by two support acts of international standard. Deborah Wilson, who has worked with numerous professional entertainers in NYC as a lead vocalist and backup vocalist and who has also worked with a production company performing various Broadway theatre songs and Kellie Smythe, a well seasoned performer who has appeared in many TV shows and has captivated audiences worldwide with her stunning vocal ability. All three of them from Australia along with well known Sri Lankan performers will be backed by the famous band Misty.



The biggest and the grandest beer festival in Germany is the Oktoberfest, where large crowds gather to enjoy the festive atmosphere with lots of fun, food and beverage! Celebrating the occasion, Hilton Colombo is once again ready to rock the city from October 26 to November 4, at its Sports Club car park. Oktoberfest was originally started in Munich as a royal wedding on October 12, 1811. The famous beer tents were introduced in 1896 and have now become the main focus of the festival. The German beer festival is usually scheduled for only two weeks ending in the first weekend of October. 30% of the annual production of Munich’s breweries is consumed in these few days.


Coffee Morning

Colombo Branch of the Old Girls’ Association of St. Anthony’s Girls’ College, Kandy will be hosting a Gala Coffee Morning at the Water’s Edge on October 27 between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Roshani Perera on 0777846843 or Renuka Lopez 072 274 4744.


UKLanka Times Community Awards 2007

The UKLanka Times Community Awards 2007, the biggest ever Sri Lankan event in the United Kingdom was staged on October 13, at Holiday Inn, Brentford Lock, London.
The UKLanka Times Community Awards aims to acknowledge and honour the most outstanding individuals and organisations within the Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom. During a nomination and voting process spanning 12 months, close to 70,000 people cast their votes in eight different categories that are representative of Sri Lankan expatriate life in the United Kingdom. These included Professional of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Outstanding Charity, Best Restaurant. The UKLanka Times Community Awards was first conceptualized in July 2005, at the launch of UKLanka Times magazine, the first ever glossy monthly for UK-based Sri Lankans.
UKLanka Times will donate all profits from the event to Dedunu, the chosen charity of the awards. Located in Ratmalana, just south of Colombo, Dedunu is a unique charity that has, over the past that aims to uplift the lives of single parents and their children through education and the improvement of career prospects.


Wildlife photography competition Awards

Negombo Photographers Association held its 3rd Annual Wild Life Workshop at the Wasgomuwa National Park from recently. The Chairman of The Wild Circle, the society for wildlife photographers, Deshashakthi Rohan Fonseka conducted the workshop.
Following are the winners of the Wildlife Photography Competition held at the YMCA Conference Hall, Katunayake organised by The Wild Circle followed by the workshop.
Seated (from left) Winner for Best Videography, Nuwan Fonseka, Workshop Conductor, Deshashakthi Rohan Fonseka, Chairman, The Wild Circle, Dhammika Kummara, Winner Open Category 1, Priyantha Fernando, Winner Digital Photo Category.

Standing (from left) 1st Runnerup Video Graphic, Rohan Manjula, Winner Best Quality Laboratary and Merit Award Winner, Clifford J. Murray, Winner Wild Life Project Report Album, Hidly Jusena, 2nd Runnerup Open Category, Winner Best Quality Print and Best Student of the Workshop, Tyrone Jayantha, 1st Runnerup Open Student of the Workshop, Benadic Manthrige and 2nd Runnerup Original Category, Malcolm Peiris.
1st Runnerup Digital, C. Saman Fernando and 2nd Runnerup Videography, Malaka Chameen are not in the photograph.


Romesh de Mel appointed CCC President

Cinnamon Gardens Police Civil Community Group elected Romesh de Mel as its new President.
The Civil Community Empowerment Committee of the Cinnamon Gardens Police Area, (CCC) since its inauguration, has been able to move forward into yet another term of activity. At its recently conducted Annual General Meeting, the outstanding work accomplished by the founder President Air Vice- Marshal Maurice Fernando (Rtd.) was appreciated and the new President, Romesh de Mel was inducted into office.
The new Committee, following the AGM held in September includes Dr. Geethanjana Mendis, Dr. J.B. Peiris, Themiya Hurulle, Hyder Alaudeen, Chantal de Saram, Dr. Sweenitha Dissanayake, T.Kumaraverl, Arun Dias Bandaranaike and Gayani Udawatta.



Gamini Dissanayake - a charismatic, caring leader

October 23, 2007 marks the 13th death anniversary of Gamini Dissanayake. He met with his untimely tragic death following a bomb explosion while participating in his own presidential campaign meeting. His sudden demise was an irreparable loss to all citizens of Sri Lanka. Had he survived and become the president of Sri Lanka, we would have by now become a fully developed country.

He was a lawyer by profession who sacrificed a lucrative career to become a politician. He entered politics in the early 1970’s The late leader drew inspiration from famous leaders like D. S. Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake and J. R. Jayewardene He was a person of courage who always stood up for what was right; a humanist, , honest, upright, humble and an exemplary politician.

He was initially elected a Member of Parliament by winning a seat in the Nuwara Eliya-Maskeliya by- election in 1972. As a young and a energetic politician and as the people’s representative in the Nuwara Eliya District, he gave yeoman service to all his constituents, using his typical charismatic approach irrespective of caste, creed and religion. He was one person who never engaged in petty, diverse and partisan politics. He always tried to solve the numerous problems of people. His vision was very clear, and he never made false and hollow promises.

His humility and friendly disposition endeared to him a large cross section of friends. He was held in high esteem by the superiors and colleagues and was even respected by his political opponents.
When the United National Party won the Parliamentary elections in 1977, he was entrusted during the tenure of the government to hold several Ministerial portfolios; Irrigation, Power, Construction, Lands, Land Development, Mahaweli, Plantation Industries and Highways.

The most gigantic and challenging task entrusted to him, was of course the historical Accelerated Mahaweli Project. The toughest challenge he confronted was the exercise of evacuating approximately 6000 families from over 50 villages who lived in the valley of the Kotmale reservoir.
The Kotmale reservoir was one among other reservoirs Victoria, Randenigala, Rantembe, Ulhitiya. Rathkinka and Maduruoya to be built and commissioned under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme. This multipurpose river diversion scheme also included the development of several canals and waterways modern technology under the able administration of the great leader.

The accelerated Mahaweli Development project was undoubtedly the largest Project with foreign collaboration undertaken in our history. It was~ initially targeted to be completed in 30 years. However, owing to his enormous skill and charismatic leadership, it was successfully completed in an unbelievable short period of just seven years. The Kotmale reservoir was commissioned on 24th August 1985. The proposal to rename the Kotmale reservoir was made by the then Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe to pay homage and tribute to Gamini Dissanayake. On the 11th April 2003 the Kotmale reservoir was renamed as ‘Gamini Dissanayake Reservoir’ in the presence of several distinguished invitees. The event was very significant as it took place at a time when the farmers of this country were blessed with a bumper paddy harvest after a long period of time.

Apart from these valuable contributions he was chiefly instrumental in obtaining full ICC status for Sri Lanka to play Test cricket. He was appointed the President of then Board of Control of Cricket in Sri Lanka on two occasions. It was largely his efforts, that helped Sri Lanka to be admitted as a full member of the ICC to play Test Cricket.

Another significant contribution made by him to International cricket, was persuading the ICC, to allow the 1987 World Cup to be hosted outside England for the first time, arguing that ,” it was time that we globalize this event in the best interest of the game of cricket.”

It was however very unfortunate that his life was ended tragically before our triumph at the Wills World Cup in 1996. As a fitting tribute to him skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his team handed over the World Cup to Madam Srima Dissanayake , at their residence at Alfred House Gardens.
May he soon attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
Sunil Thenabadu
Mount Lavinia


Anthony Fernando:
A gentleman and journalist par excellance!

Anthony Fernando, well known Journalist, Press Officer and latterly Senior Assistant Secretary (Information) to President Ransinghe Premdasa passed away peacefully at his residence at the age of 65 years, exemplifying the non controversial and non turbulent life he led. Integrity and humility were essentially characteristic of Anthony.

Anthony was the third son of well educated and affluent parents; Dr. Luke Fernando and Mrs. Noeline Fernando of Negombo. Dr. Luke brought up his children in a culturally undiluted rural environment, principally as good Christians and secondly as dutiful responsible citizens. Anthony received his education at Maristella College, Negombo, and had a flair for languages, particularly English and Sinhala. He blossomed as a balanced, independent professional journalist beyond bribery in cash or kind.

As a sportsman, Anthony knew how to play fair and accept both victory and defeat with equanimity. Anthony joined the Times Group as a journalist and learnt his trade under the most respected Editor of the Daily Mirror, Reggie Michael. His progress as a journalist was steady and he rose to the position of News Editor of the Daily Mirror in the 1970’s.

I knew Anthony since 1979, when the then Prime Minister Mr. Ranasinghe Premadasa invited Anthony to join his media team. We maintained an excellent official cum personal relationship for 28 years. It was a highly professional and disciplined relationship in his official journalistic capacity and an exemplary caring and sharing partnership in his personal life. In view of the insatiable appetite of Prime Minister Premadasa for image building, it was a challenging time for all of us at Transworks House. The Prime Minister wanted ceaseless publicity for the massive urban development, housing and village reawakening projects launched by him. The media team headed by his Press Secretary Evans Cooray and Press Officer Anthony Fernando proved equal to the challenges stipulated by Mr. Ranasinghe Premadasa.

Anthony wrote well and effortlessly in both English and Sinhala. He could also translate from English to Sinhala and vice versa. Investigative journalism was not his forte. He excelled in reporting, feature writing and interviewing dignitaries. He had a fantastic memory of people, events and sources of information which undoubtedly is a useful journalistic attribute. After his retirement from the Public Service, being an invaluable journalistic asset, he was invited by The Nation newspaper to function as a consultant.

Mr. Anthony Fernando was an unassuming, harmless and saintly character. As civil servants we were taught to comply first and complain later. In Anthony’s case he always complied and never complained. He knew how to win friends and influence people. Perseverance and application to detail were the hallmark of his success. He did not gossip nor did he denounce anyone. He was privy to state secrets, political maneuvers and even family quarrels of his bosses. Never did he breathe a word to the media or the outside world.

As members of the Prime Ministerial or Presidential entourage, we travelled on numerous official and state visits. He was a great travelling companion and reliable aide who meticulously made elaborate preparations to meet the numerous demands, high standards and time targets set out by Mr. Ranasinghe Premadasa.

His only weakness was getting into office late. Anthony acquired the habit of coming late to office from his journalistic days. Whenever Prime Minister Premadasa questioned him on this, Anthony attributed it to his having to travel from Jaela by bus. So, Mr. Premadasa the shrewd strategist, immediately allocated a flat from Gunasinghapura, a stone’s throw away from Sucharitha. One day, Mr. Premadasa entrusted an urgent translation to Anthony and asked him to bring it to Sucharitha at 8.00 a.m. the following day. At 8.30 a.m. after repeated telephone calls Anthony had not arrived. So, Mr. Premadasa, in his inimitable style, went to Anthony’s flat and saw him running down the stairs. Anthony was excited. Mr. Premadasa asked him to calm down. Anthony made no excuses such as bad stomach or high fever, but it was the last time Anthony got late for his appointments.

Anthony was a loving and caring husband and father of two lovely children. If we had more of Anthony’s calibre, Sri Lanka will be a better place to live in today. May his soul rest in peace.
K.H.J. Wijayadasa
Former Secretary to the



October 23 & 24
Voyage En Sol Majeur by Georgi Lazareski (2005, 54 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo, 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

October 23
Man on the Moon (1999, 118 minutes) at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.


October 28
Subha Saha Yasa, by Sriyantha Mendis, at the Elphinston Theatre, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.

Public talk

October 21
The Crisis In Ourselves, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


Prefects Day

October 23
Royal College Primary School Prefects Day, at the Navarangahala, at 9 a.m. About 90 Grade 5 students who have excelled in both studies and sports would be given their Prefect Badges on this day.


October 27
 The Anuual Sale organised by the Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS) at the GFS Hall, 58 Green Path, Colombo 3, from 9 a.m. onwards. Miscellaneous items including clothes, costume jewellery, greeting cards, books for children and adults, plants, gift items and snacks will be on sale. There will also be a Lucky Dip.


Weekly Astrological Forecast for October 21 to 27

ARIES – Mesha
Ravi (Sun) in the 7th house and your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in 8th this week will make you or your spouse suffer from heat-related or stomach ailments while making both of you accident prone. A week where you will have to be cautious as secret relationships will cause rifts in your family. Drawbacks in romantic affairs especially for the young due to misunderstandings.

TAURUS – Vrushaba
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in your 4th house with Ravi (Sun) is traversing your 6th house this week. You will engage yourself in construction of your dwelling and purchase furniture. You will inherit property from your mother or female relative. Your illnesses will recede. But you will suffer minor ailments of your chest and will be restless due to mental agony.

GEMINI – Mithuna
Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) and Ravi (Sun) in your 5th house and Kuja
(Mars) in the 1st will make you exert your self in whatever you do. Income will be satisfactory. Educational matters will face obstacles. Elders or superiors will oppose your romantic affairs.

CANCER – Kataka
Ravi (Sun) traverses your 4th house with Sikuru (Venus) in the 2nd. Land or house transaction will bring you profits or it may even be a vehicle transaction. Those expecting employment will not find any solace this week. Delays indicated for those involved in construction of houses. Students will succeed in their activities amidsts obstacles.

LEO – Sinha
Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) traverses your 3rd house with Shani (Saturn) Kethu in your 1st making this a week where you will carry on your work at home and workplace amid many obstacles. A good week to purchase houses or vehicles.
Accidents or other problems indicated to your father, brothers or elder relatives. Problems and obstacles in your career.

VIRGO – Kanya
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Ravi (Sun) in your 2nd house will make you spend your wealth on wasteful matters. A week where you will spend more money on females. Act wisely as you will tend to lose your respect in society due to secret romantic affairs. You will achieve prominence in career.

LIBRA – Thula
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 11th house with Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 1st making this a week of good fortune. Increase in income for those in the arts and business. Inheritance or assistance from your wife’s family or from females. Married life will be peaceful. Will lose interest in religious affairs.

SCORPIO – Vruschika
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 8th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing your 12th makes this an expensive week. You will spend your wealth on your father or elder. Decrease in cooperation from your superiors in career. Loss indicated through documentation work. You will be dragged into land or property disputes.

Lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) still in your 12th house with Ravi (Sun) in your 11th bringing mixed fortunes for you this week. Chances of inheritance from your father. Cooperation from superiors indicated in career and increase in income. Be extra patient as disputes indicated between spouses.

With lagna lord Shani (Saturn) in your 8th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 10th this week, you will be able to perform your career with the cooperation of your superiors amidst obstacles and problems. Enemy activity indicated but you will overcome them. Letters or documents will bring you profits. Not very favourable for marital partners.

Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) is in your 7th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing your 9th. This week you will work with extra effort and haste in your workplace. Will engage in long distance travel. You will face problems due to your haste. Delays in construction work. Spouse will be afflicted by latent illnesses.

PISCES – Meena
Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) traversing your 8th will bring misfortune on your father or elder relative. Disputes and problems with them indicated. Success in purchase of land. Spouse will suffer from stomach or nerve related ailments. Young romantic partners will face obstacles. Secret attachments will disrupt life. Success indicated in foreign employment or travel.

Rahu period

Sunday: 3.57 to 5.27
Monday: 6.57 – 8.27
Tuesday: 2.27 – 3.57
Wednesday: 11.27 – 12.57
Thursday: 12.57 – 2.27
Friday: 9.57 – 11.27
Saturday: 8.27 – 9.57

(Applicable both day and night)








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